I am a huge LOTR fan and of course loved this film. However, that would not make me a good reviewer because of my bias. But, all I can say is that my wife is not a LOTR fan. She went with me to the first one and would not go again. How I got her to see the Hobbit with me is beyond understanding. She loved it, She wants to see the next one, and she did not notice the time passing. The other quotes I have seen about the slowness of the movie puzzles me. it seemed like we had no sooner escaped one life-threatening adventure than we were thrust into another. "Out of the frying pan and into the fire," say Thorin after escaping the Goblin King only to be attacked by the Wargs and Orcs. Naysayers, I feel so sorry for you. Been a Tolkien fan since 1978, this movie is awesome, so glad PJ saw fit to make these Gems a reality. Would you seriously wish they had never been made? If so, then I really feel sorry for you. I am having a blast. Can't wait for the next one and the 4 hour director's cut of this one.
I think the themes of isolationism, romance, intrigue and sacrifice make this film timeless. The dialogue is incredible and supported by the enormous amount of quotes from this film that have worked their way into the American mainstream. There are constant examples of this from the Simpsons to Cinema. The political allegory can not be denied as Rick represents a reluctant America unwilling to become involved, only looking out for himself, only to find that circumstances force him to do what is right and join the fight against evil. The lighting is superb as well and I understand the outrage against colorizing this masterpiece. As others have stated the chemistry between Bogart and Bergman is gripping, but so is the chemistry between Bogart and Rains. An undeniable classic and a must see for all film buffs regardless of age or national origin.
Arsenic and Old Lace is a fun film that catches you off guard as it reveals that two sweet old ladies aren't as sweet as you think. Cary Grant plays the nephew of the Grannies whose hobby is to put lonely old men out of their misery in a most interesting way. The film was much darker (literally and figuratively) than I thought it would be and thereby much funnier than I thought it would be. I think people of today are somewhat jaded and have seen a lot of dark comedy wherein the movie goers of the 1940s would have been a lot more shocked and would have found the film much more scary as well as funny. We never really see any dead bodies save for a quick glance in a darkened room when "Teddy Roosevelt" takes one of the "malaria victims" down to the "Panama Canal" for burial. I especially enjoyed Peter Lorre playing Dr. Einstein a plastic surgeon who has made his employer-a murderous brother of Cary Grant-look a bit too much like Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Interestingly apparently Boris Karloff played the brother in the stage version, but was not available for the film. Too bad Karloff reprising his role from the Frankenstein days would have added a great punchline.
Although "Duck Soup" will always be my favorite Marx Brothers Film, "A Night at the Opera" is a delight from the opening scene in the restaurant, to the classic stateroom fiasco, to the ending chase scene. A number of people felt that when the Marx Brothers switched studios they lost their edginess, but I feel the storyline helps keep this film more timeless than the others that relied so heavily on vaudeville. A classic.